Fuzzy Fun

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My last post talked about my daughter’s joint birthday party with her two friends that she has known since she was born.  There were many aspects about this party that we tried to incorporate.

First, we had a great venue, thanks to one of our friends who lives across the street.  Living in NYC, one finds that space comes as a luxury and a premium.  We are very fortunate that one of our friends lives in a building that has a party room for its residents to use.  The party room also adjoins a play room with toys for babies and toddlers.  So, great space for a party? Check.

Second, because the girls are all 3, we figured they would need some sort of activities.  The big activity was that we hired a musician who played songs on a ukulele and brought egg shakers and a parachute for the kiddies to play with.  I think the parents had almost as much fun as the kids with this one!  Other crafts we had was a drawing station with a bunch of large sheets of paper, crayons and stickers, as well as a station where kids could make their very own party favor – a magnetic caterpillar craft!

I got the craft idea from pinterest and thought that it was simple enough for a 3-year old to execute with a little help from an adult.  Here is the shopping list of items that I used in order to make this craft:

Clothespins

Wiggle eyes

Magnets

Pom-poms

Hot glue gun

The execution is very simple.  Using the hot glue gun, stick a magnet to one side of the clothespin.  On the other side, run a long line of glue along the length of the clothespin.  Stick the pom-poms on to form a straight line.  Using the hot glue gun, glue on two wiggly eyes.  Voila!  You now have a cute little magnetic caterpillar that can also hold artwork and other things!

I decided to prepare ahead of time by gluing all the magnets onto the clothespin.  My daughter was curious, naturally and wanted to know what I was doing.  So, I explained to her that we were preparing a craft for her party and she immediately wanted to try it out herself.  So, I made the craft with her before the party to see how kid-friendly it was.  She had a lot of fun with it and wanted to make all of the caterpillars!  This turned out better than I expected and it was a big hit at the party!

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